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[Discuss] stumped: machine won't boot

>>>>> "Bill" == Bill Bogstad <bogstad at> writes:

    Bill> On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:39 AM, Laura Conrad <sunny at>
    Bill> wrote:

    Bill>     My desktop is a lenovo I bought last fall. It has only ubuntu
    Bill>     installed
    Bill>     on it. There is a 500M boot partition, which seems to have been
    Bill>     clobbered. The / partition looks fine, and in fact includes a
    Bill>     /boot
    Bill>     directory that looks normal to me.
    Bill>     I rebooted it a couple of days ago because of a new kernel, and it
    Bill>     wouldn't boot.
    Bill>     It says it can't find an OS. I have tried boot-repair, and it
    Bill>     thinks
    Bill>     it has repaired things, but I still get the message about not
    Bill>     being able
    Bill>     to find an os.

    Bill> Can you give the exact error message? 

Error 1962: No operating system found.

    Bill> "Can't find an OS" type messages could even be from the BIOS
    Bill> which might mean that your boot block is corrupted or your
    Bill> boot partition isn't marked bootable.

I assume it is from the bios, because Grub never comes up.  I have been
trying via gparted and boot-repair to fix this, but it still give me the
message.  I'm going to try Richard's suggestion of SystemRescueCD next,
but I don't have a lot of hope.  

I assume this is UEFI or GPT or one of the other things that makes installing
linux harder than it used to be.  

Laura   (mailto:lconrad at
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